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What Sets Us Apart?

Here at Smile Dental Care, everything we do is with our patients in mind. That extends from our inviting and comfortable reception areas to arranging appointments around your availability. In fact, we offer morning, evening, and weekend appointments, because we understand that it can be difficult to make it in during regular work hours.

Our dental team, including Dr. Hetal Patel, Dr. Parihan Tamkin, Dr. Nilofer Khan, Dr. George Barsa, Dr. Abdelrahman Salem, and Dr. Kyle Takla, believe that our patients are part of our extended family. As a result, each patient is treated with the utmost respect and compassion, as we listen to their oral health concerns and work with them to achieve exceptional smiles and healthy teeth and gums. We believe in teamwork and forming a team with each patient, for the best results in the timeliest manner.

In our community, we are known for being a dental practice that offers not just affordable care, but gentle care, as we provide only painless treatments. We understand that many people have dental anxiety and we work well with such patients, supporting them through their initial visit and subsequent treatments, listening to their concerns, reassuring them that we truly do empathize, and showing that pain-free dental care is possible. After their first visit, our previously reluctant patients are smiling and understand that coming to our practice is nothing to dread.

In addition to being so good at working with those who have dental concerns, we are also known for our emphasis is on preventive care and patient education. We know that there is a strong connection between an individual’s oral health and their overall wellbeing. We want those we serve to understand how having excellent oral health not only changes their smile, but changes their body’s health, too. When we engage with a patient, helping them to understand how to best care for themselves between checkups and cleanings, and when they return for that checkup and we can see a marked improvement in their dental health, we know we’ve done well.

Finding a dental practice where you are comfortable, where you are treated with respect, and where you know you will receive exceptional care, is essential. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation at our Lombard or Chicago, IL offices, where you’ll meet our team, see our space, and talk about your goals in seeking dental treatment, whether you’re looking for a dentist for your family’s checkups or want whiter teeth for yourself. Please call and schedule your consultation, today.

Our team looks forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve a stunning, beautiful smile and great oral health!

Meet Our Team!

Dr. Kyle Takla, DMD

Dr. Kyle Takla and his team combine advanced dentistry with a gentle, friendly style that will make you feel more comfortable than you ever thought possible.

Dr. Takla earned his doctorate of dental medicine from the Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago. He feels it is essential to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques in the field of dentistry in an effort to provide the best care to his patients. Dr. Takla takes the time to get to know each and every patient one-on-one and will help you make informed choices about your dental health.

Dr. Takla, along with his wife and four children, love to spend time with one another. A Syrian native, Dr. Takla enjoys jogging, traveling, listening to music, and reading.

Education and Continuing Education

• Loyola University Chicago, Doctorate of Dental Medicine

Dr. Takla feels it is essential, as a healthcare professional, that he stay up-to-date on the always-evolving field of dentistry. Only by learning of new dental treatment options, the development of new technologies, and new approaches to dental care, he can continue to provide his patients with the dental services that they need. He has attended specialized continuing education courses in implants, orthodontics, and Botox, in addition to many dental conferences and seminars.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Dr. Takla is an active member of the:
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Personal Life

Dr. Talka is a Syrian native. He, his wife, and their four children, as well as a family dog, now life in Homer Glen, IL. In his free time, Dr. Takla is most often found talking and laughing with his family. He also enjoys jogging, traveling, and reading. A particular passion of his is listening to the Blues.

meet-dr-nilofer-khanDr. Nilofer Khan, DDS

My profession as a dentist allows me to both work with my hands and engage my artistic aptitude as I help my patients obtain lovely, healthy smiles. The enjoyment I receive, from working with and caring for my patients, who span a wide range of ages and backgrounds, gives me great pleasure and I am thankful to be able to assist such wonderful people. – Dr. Nilofer Khan

Dr. Nilofer Kahn believes that open communication is the key in a successful patient-dentist relationship. She strives to keep her patients well-informed about their dental health and how they can best care for their teeth between visits. As part of the dialogue Dr. Kahn initiates with her patients, she helps them to understand the connection between oral health and overall body health, knowing that the better informed the patient, the more proactive they are in taking care of their mouths and their bodies.

Education and Continuing Education

  • University Illinois at Chicago, Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • New York University, Doctorate of Dental Surgery

Dr. Kahn knows that it is essential for her to keep abreast of new research and technologies in the ever-evolving field of dentistry, so she seeks out continuing education offerings. She has completed many courses in Invisalign®, periodontal surgery, endodontics, and orthodontics and has received advanced training in crown lengthening and bone grafting through courses at the Perio Institute. Additionally, Dr. Kahn is enrolled at the Academy of GP Orthodontics, receiving advanced training which allows her to provide orthodontic care to her patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • Dr. Kahn is an active member of the:
  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Personal Life and Community Involvement

Dr. Kahn and her husband share their lives with two cats. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family members and friends. Through her church, Dr. Kahn provides free oral cancer screenings to the community.

meet-dr-george-barsaDr. George Barsa, DDS

Dentistry is an art. It’s also an everyday happiness; my food and water for the day, if you will. I enjoy dentistry and am a perfectionist. Meeting so many people, helping to improve their lives while learning about their backgrounds and passions, means each day brings me new growth and new opportunities to better understand our world.  – Dr. George Barsa

For Dr. George Barsa, the most essential roles he plays in the lives of his patients ensuring that they are free of pain and discomfort and working with them to create a smile that will improve their overall health, increase their self-esteem, and have them feeling confident as they move through the world. He develops a one-on-one relationship with each patient, learning about their dental health goals, and then uses his artistic abilities and technical skills to develop the smile the patient has yearned for.

Education and Continuing Education

• Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Chicago

Dr. Barsa knows the importance of continuing education as a dental professional. It is only through keeping up-to-date on advancements in dental techniques, practices, and technologies that he is able to provide the best care for his patients. In addition to attending and participating in conferences, Dr. Barsa has studied dental implant techniques, surgical dentistry, and has taken courses through the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

  • Professional Membership
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Personal Life

A native of Damascus, Syria, Dr. Barsa now calls Chicago his home. He enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking, bike riding, reading, and watching movies. Dr. Barsa also loves dining out! He is a choir member and a Sunday School teacher, too.

meet-dr-daniel-weberDr. Daniel M Weber, DDS, MS, Periodontist

Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology

I am most passionate about providing quality, efficacious dental treatment while meeting the emotional and financial expectations of my patients. I believe that my formal clinical training offers me extensive knowledge to develop and implement unique patient care. – Dr. Daniel M Weber

Formal Education

• DePaul University: BS 1999

• University of Michigan, School of Dentistry: DDS 2003

• University of Michigan, Graduate Periodontal Residency: MS, • Certificate Periodontics 2006

• American Board of Periodontology: Board Certification 2006

Continuing Education

  • Periodontal, Implant and IV sedation courses
  • Professional Memberships
  • Polish Dental Arts Club
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Progressive Club
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Board of Periodontology
  • American Society of Dental Anesthesia

Personal Information

I grew up in Schaumburg where I met my wife of 8 years. We live in Chicago where my wife owns and practices as a chiropractor.

When I’m not working I enjoy exploring the wonderful high quality foodie restaurants the city has to offer. I also enjoy strolling through the Art institute with my wife or taking in an opera at the Lyric.

My wife and I greatly enjoy the art and passion of wine making. We travel often to boutique wine regions in Oregon and California.

meet-dr-parihan-tamkin Dr. Parihan G. Tamkin, DDS

As a dentist, Dr. Parihan Tamkin excels at not only keeping her patients’ oral health in great condition, but she reaches out and engages with each patient, forming a partnership where they work together. She takes the time to educate her patients about their home dental care practices and is always willing to answer questions, clarify information, and provide helpful guidance. All of this is offered with a kind and friendly smile, as Dr. Tamkin loves her work and the fact that it allows her to make a positive change in the lives of those she cares for.

Education and Continuing Education

• Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Jinnah Medical and Dental

• College, Karachi, Pakistan

• Doctorate of Dental Surgery, New York University College of Dentistry, New York, New York

In addition, Dr. Tamkin is a staunch believer in furthering her professional knowledge, through attending continuing education offerings at lectures, seminars, and conferences. Learning about advancements in treatment techniques and technologies ensures that she is able to stay at the forefront of her field and provide her patients with the widest array of proven dental care options.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Chicago Dental Society

Personal Life and Community Involvement

Dr. Tamkin is a native of Iraq, but was raised in Boca Raton, FL. She now calls Naperville, IL her home. Believing that everyone should have access to dental care, Dr. Tamkin has volunteered through Henry Schein to provide dental services to underserved communities both nationally and abroad.

meet-dr-hetal-patelDr. Hetal Patel, DMD

I love what I do and am grateful that I can change people’s smiles to make them feel more confident in their appearance, as that can truly change their entire lives! – Dr. Hetal Patel

Dr. Hetal Patel is a skilled and gentle dentist, whose infectious smile makes even the most timid patient feel secure and able to relax. He is always ready with a joke and makes time to get to know his patients. For Dr. Patel, dentistry is truly a way of making the world a better place, by improving the lives of his patients, patients who have become his friends. Each day brings with it new challenges, new people to meet and help, and new conversations, all of which keep Dr. Patel engaged and interested in his work.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Patel first studied dentistry in India and practiced there for several years before coming to the United States, where he attended the University of Illinois, Chicago, and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Each year, Dr. Patel attends many dental seminars and conferences, constantly seeking to further his professional education so he is best able to meet the needs of his patients, by offering leading-edge, proven treatments and options.

Professional Affiliations

  • Dr. Patel is an active member of the:
  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Personal Life and Community Involvement

Dr. Patel is a native of India. He and his wife, along with their two daughters, now call West Chicago their home. When he has time, Dr. Patel loves playing golf and traveling with his family. Dr. Patel’s community involvement includes volunteering at health fairs and he donates his professional services by offering dental care for the under served, too.

Abdelrahman Salem, DDS

Board Certified Specialist in Orthodontics

I have always found great pleasure in helping others achieve their goals in life by giving them a beautiful smile. I value the opportunity and the trust my patients are giving me to help them make this life changing experience. I like treating my patients like family and I feel honored they selected me to be their orthodontist. I enjoy treating both children and adults with metal braces, clear braces and Invisalign. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the pleasure I bring to my patients after finishing braces.

Every year I attend many courses and conferences to stay up to date with the latest orthodontic innovations and techniques. As a Board Certified Orthodontist, I feel it’s my duty to be involved in the research and continuing education that allows me to provide the best treatment options available to my patients.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery DDS Degree, University of Jordan and later worked as a teaching and research assistant.
  • Residency in Orthodontics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • Certificate of Orthodontics and Masters of Science degree in Oral Sciences, UIC

Dr. Salem is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), the highest certification in the specialty of Orthodontics. In addition to patient care, Dr. Salem is active in clinical research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His research interest is in three-dimensional (3D) cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT).  He has a publication with the title “Implementation Of Ultra-Low-Dose CBCT for Routine 2D Orthodontic Diagnostic Radiographs: Cephalometric Landmark Identification and Image Quality Assessment” that was published in one of the leading Orthodontic Journals in December 2015.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)American Dental Association
  • American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS)
  • Chicago Dental Society (CDS)

Dr. Salem is a native of Jordan. He and his wife and their son now call Chicago home. He enjoys traveling with his wife, discovering different cultures and meeting new people and giving back to the community. Dr. Salem is a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He also guides students who want to follow a path to dental school.

Stephanie Yokana, DMD

As a Dentist, I am lucky to be able to play an important role in improving people’s’ lives. I fell in love with dentistry because of the care I can provide to underserved Hispanic communities and the positive relationships that can be formed with patients. My goal is to be a compassionate and caring provider. I love working with patients of all ages. I am committed to delivering quality care.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine, Midwestern College of Dental Medicine

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Yokana believes in the importance of always continuing to learn new techniques and specialties and is an active member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Hispanic Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Illinois Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Yokana is a Chicago native. She’s recently married and lives in the West Loop with her husband and dog Layla. She is of Colombian and Assyrian descent. During her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and is passionate about all things food and music.

Dr. Asim Awan, DDS

As a pediatric dentist, I am dedicated to providing compassionate dental care for kids of all ages. My goal is to ensure that every child receives the best treatment possible in a fun and friendly environment. I look forward to helping every patient have a positive outlook on their dental health

Education and Continuing Education

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Doctorate of Dental Surgery
  • Indiana University, General Practice Residency
  • Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Pediatric Dentistry

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Asim was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife, Umera. In his free time, Dr. Asim enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves cheering on his favorite Chicago teams – the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs!!

Dr. Monica Obniski, DMD

Dr. Obniski is a recent graduate from Midwestern University located in Downer’s Grove, IL. She is a very caring and compassionate provider for her patients. Dr. O’s ultimate goal is to help improve her patient’s health, confidence, and educate them about oral health care. As an avid learner, Dr. Obniski is always interested in continuing her dental education through courses and meetings. Her practice philosophy is patient-centered care with evidence-based dentistry.  

Education and Continuing Education

  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Graduated May 2017
    Honors: OKU Dental Honor Society
  • University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, B.S. Biological Sciences, Minor: Chemistry, Graduated May 2010
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List  

Professional Affiliations

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon –  Beta Epsilon Chapter
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Illinois State Dental Society  
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Dental Arts Club, The Polish Dental Society of Chicago
  • Academy of General Dentists  

Dr. Obniski grew up in Chicago before moving to Wisconsin in her adolescent years. After graduating from college she returned to Chicago for dental school and eventually took a position with our office. Dr. O grew up speaking Polish and this has helped her build relationships with patients in the neighborhood she practices in. Dr. O has traveled to Nicaragua for a dental mission trip providing free care to adults and children. She has found this to be a very rewarding experience and would like to continue to take mission trips in the future.  She enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. Each year she participates in Mission of Mercy, which provides free dental care to the underserved population in Illinois.

Dr. Tooba Ajmal, DDS

“As a dentist, I believe building trusting relationships is super important. I want my patients to feel comfortable when they are in my chair. I make sure to perform a full oral health review for the overall health of my patients. My priority is function and support first, then we can work together to develop a cosmetic plan that fits the patient’s’ needs.” – Dr. Ajmal

Dr. Ajmal attended Army Medical College in Pakistan and graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Ajmal has been practicing dentistry in the Chicago area for several years and is dedicated in maintaining long-term relationships with those entrusted to her care.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Army Medical College, Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • New York University College of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society

During her free time, Dr. Ajmal enjoys traveling, being with family, and spending time with her daughter.